Former Waste Collector Jim Ferry to stand in local elections

first_imgThe former waste contractor, Jim Ferry is to contest the local elections.Mr Ferry told the Tirconail Tribune last night that he will be running in the Glenties electoral area given that he is a native of Derryreel in Falcarragh in the shadow of Muckish Mountain.The businessman is facing an ongoing battle with the High Court over dumping on his lands at Rossbrcken outside Letterkenny as well as an investigation into his finances. Ferry says he’s in the process of getting his campaign team in place and they will be finalising details over the weekend ahead of the launch in ten days time.He is now engaged in full-time farming and says that a number of issues affecting the industry will feature on his campaign trail.He said that he has tried many things in life and he’s always been interested in politics and believes he can be a worthy representative in highlighting the problems affecting his native Glenties area and in Falcarragh and Creeslsough where he has many relatives and connections.He said the area has many issues to be addressed and he is fully aware of the problems and how best to tackle them. He joins another Derryreel candidate, FG’s Michael McClafferty in a battle for the local vote.Cllr. John O’Donnell who was admitted to Letterkenny University Hospital with a suspected cardiac problem on Monday night has now been discharged. However, he will return to hospital for further tests on Friday.As the campaign reaches a peak a number of launches are now imminent: these include Charlie McClafferty of Churchill and Ian McGarvey in Ramelton.Former Waste Collector Jim Ferry to stand in local elections was last modified: April 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalElectionsjim ferrylast_img read more

Toms blasts away Weise to regain title

first_imgNortholt’s Ryan Toms regained the southern area light-middleweight title with a second-round demolition of Nathan Weise at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.The pair drew when they last met, but the rematch was a totally one-sided affair, with Toms taking control from the start.He staggered Weise with a thumping left hand in the first round and floored him with a follow-up left.Toms bundled his disorientated opponent back to the canvas for another count seconds before the bell – and there was no reprieve for Weise in the following round.Another barrage of punches sent him to the floor for a third time and when Toms then trapped Weise on the ropes and landed with more hurtful shots, the beaten man appeared to give up the fight before the referee stepped in.It meant Toms won back the belt he held before suffering a first-round knockout at the same venue against fellow West Londoner Steve O’Meara, who went on to also blast away Weise in the first round before vacating the title.Toms’ victory puts him in the frame for a possible rematch with O’Meara or even a shot at the British title.“That was me back to my best – I wanted to take control right from the start,” Toms told West London Sport.“I took the confidence out of him – that’s what happens when you get hit with shots like that – and I thought he showed a lot of heart to carry on when really I thought it should have been over.“I really feel I’m ready to step up a level now. You saw tonight what I can do and now I want to push on.”See also: Perfect start for Kilburn boxer HigginsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New drive to fight polio in Africa

first_imgMore than 85 million children under the age of five in West and Central Africa will receive polio vaccinations. (Image: www.academic.sun.ac.za)A massive campaign to eradicate a year-long polio epidemic in West and Central Africa kicked off on 6 March, according to global health bodies.The organisations, joining forces as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), are hoping to immunise more than 85-million children under the age of five in 19 West and Central African countries. GPEI includes governments, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and Unicef.The campaign kicked off in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone – countries that have experienced polio outbreaks in the last six months – as well as in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Central African Republic, Gambia, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau.Vaccinations in Niger, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire will be done at a later date due to impending elections in those states.The scope of the new campaign is significant because previous attempts in 2009 failed to reach enough children, and so the outbreak persisted.Over 400 000 volunteers and health workers from different organisations have been called on to administer two drops of the oral polio vaccine (OPV) to each child in the 19 countries on 6 March. The “dedicated army” will work for about 12 hours flat, going to every household on either foot, bicycle, car, boat or motorcycle.“With better coverage that leaves no child unvaccinated, these campaigns can succeed in making West and Central Africa polio-free,” Unicef regional director Dr Gianfranco Rotigliano said in a statement released on 4 March.“Hundreds of volunteers from our Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies will ensure that polio drops reach every last child,” said Anders Naucler, health coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in West and Central Africa. “That is our challenge and that will be the measure of our success.”Building immunityVaccinations will be repeated in the 19 countries on 24 April, but children in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone – where the recent outbreaks have occurred – will receive an additional dose on 26 March as part of a new Short Interval Additional Dose strategy “that has proven successful in rapidly building population immunity where needed”, according to Unicef.The new campaign is an aspect of an ongoing initiative to fight the epidemic that broke out in Nigeria in 2008. It then spread to its neighbouring countries, which were previously polio-free, and to Central Africa, said GPEI.After battling to contain the spread, health organisations, working with health ministries in the affected countries, introduced new approaches which include a scheme to monitor how many children have been reached, better training for vaccinators and appropriate use of experienced staff.Dr Luis Gomes Sambo, WHO regional director for Africa, said the campaign shows Africa’s determination to be free of polio. “From the top leadership to local district administrators in every country we are each accountable to the African child. [We have] to vaccinate every child and achieve high coverage.”Funding from RotaryRotary International, which boasts about 1.2-million volunteers worldwide, has donated US$30-million (R223-million) to fund the campaign.“We are proud to have provided the funding necessary for the March rounds and we call on others to play their part in making Africa polio-free by providing funding necessary for more high-coverage campaigns,” said Ambroise Tshimbalanga-Kasongo, who chairs the organisation’s Africa Regional PolioPlus Committee.last_img read more

Sangari helps teachers think out the box

first_imgThe aim of the iBox programme is to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning with the goal to produce competent and knowledgeable engineers, doctors and chartered accountants in South Africa. (Image: Bebeto Matthews) • Philip Robinson Product and Sales Manager Sangari South Africa +27 11 466 1440 www.sangari.co.za • Hi-tech classroom for better learning • Breakthrough technology makes Soweto school among world’s greenest • Science school comes to Mvezo • E-manuals brighten South African classrooms • Obami opens up the classroomMelissa Jane CookIt’s a common sight: the iPad, the iPod, the iPhone, digital devices that hang out of students’ pockets and headphones dangling out of their ears. In keeping with the itheme, Sangari has come up with an educational device that encourages interactivity and is almost as popular as eating an apple.According to Sangari, its iBox digital portable device transforms any classroom into an interactive space. A durable teaching tool, it offers new levels of curriculum exploration, interactivity and proficiency to the 21st century teacher. The Sangari iBox combines the advances made in computer driven systems, with high-tech presentation facilities, giving teachers an invaluable teaching resource.Sangari South Africa developed programmes in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or Stem areas, and supplies educational solutions and services to schools, colleges, universities and industrial training centres.The aim of the iBox programme is to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning with the goal to produce competent and knowledgeable engineers, doctors and chartered accountants in South Africa.Philip Robinson, the product and sales manager at Sangari South Africa, explains: “At a time when education is suffering, resources are thinly spread and costs are escalating, teachers find themselves forced to teach subjects that are not their specialisation and for which they are not properly equipped.“There has been a move from ‘teacher-centric’ to ‘learner-centric’ education in an attempt to combat this challenge. It has been researched that learner-driven teaching systems result in greater learner involvement and meaningful classroom interaction.”The portable iBox offers a solution that turns any urban or rural classroom into an interactive teaching and learning environment. The compact unit can be stored in a safe place, and because it is portable, can be used in almost any environment.The magic boxThey say dynamite comes in small packages and at just the size of a suitcase, the iBox incorporates a projector, laptop, and built-in speakers. When used with its response clickers and mobile interactive whiteboard, the classroom transforms into a multimedia ICT solution for effective and efficient teaching and learning.Driven by software designed to cover the national curriculum, the iBox projects class notes and other important information about the topics on to a classroom screen. Using a handheld tablet and electronic pen, teachers are able to include additional notes and illustrations which are instantly highlighted for the pupils to see.The content of the iBox is useful for keeping in line with the curriculum timeline as well as supporting teachers with less knowledge and experience of the given topic. The response clickers are a supplementary component of the iBox. These devices, which look like remote controls, allow teachers to pose questions during the lesson and pupils’ responses are gathered in real-time with a click of a button.The clicker feature provides immediate feedback and is used to assess the students’ understanding of the lesson. Information from the clicker enables the teacher to identify gaps in learning and revise the lesson accordingly.Watch how the Sangari iBox and Learner Response Clicker System works:The resultsThe iBox and clickers are being used by the Gauteng Department of Education. Gauta Legoete, the department’s co-ordinator for District 8 in Sedibeng West, says the 2009 pass rate in his district was 28%, this improved to 68% in 2013 – which Legoete attributes directly to the use of the iBox and clickers.“Overall, the iBox has enabled teachers to be better prepared. The clickers used by learners to answer questions takes an enormous load off teachers having to mark test papers after hours and keeps teachers in touch with each learner’s progress,” he says.In terms of science learning, the Sangari Active Sciences division has developed mobile apparatus kits, curriculum-aligned workbooks, and software for primary and secondary school programmes. These resources were developed to enable teachers and pupils to engage with and learn science anywhere. They are used in government and private schools throughout the country.“The mobile laboratory encourages and inspires teachers and learners to gain practical experience through curriculum-aligned experiments. Each portable laboratory includes equipment to enable learners to work independently or in groups,” Robinson explains.Compared to setting up a traditional laboratory, the mobile laboratory is cost effective and is designed to store chemicals and apparatus safely. Practical experiments make use of small quantities of chemicals, resulting in less wastage and easy disposal. Little storage space is needed and the unit is lockable.Included in the Sangari Active Sciences Mobile Lab are practical workbooks that explain the assembly of the apparatus and guide pupils through the investigation. They are able to work through the questions and are guided to make scientific claims built on their evidence. The assessment questions are aligned to the outcomes of the lesson and ensure higher-order thinking skills.The origins of interactionThe e-learning directorate in the Gauteng Department of Education procured nine Sangari South Africa iBoxes for underperforming schools in Johannesburg Central, Sedibeng West and Ekurhuleni South districts. Their provision is in accordance with the 2014 Strategic Plan and the e-Learning Strategic Goal to “move ICTs into the classroom”.The selected schools are from a list of those deemed to be underperforming, with pass rates being below 40% in accounting, mathematics, physical sciences and English first additional language. The iBoxes, with content in mathematics, physical sciences and life sciences, was intended to provide these schools with additional materials to support learning in those primary subjects and to allow teachers and pupils to experience innovative technologies at school.Sangari South AfricaSangari is a supplier of educational resources to schools, colleges, universities and industrial training centres. These resources cover equipment and training for science and technology at school level and technical and engineering programmes at colleges and universities.The company also partners with educational institutions to provide services to third parties. This gives it the ability to develop and run training programmes custom made for its clients in the fields of science, engineering and management.last_img read more

Super Trans Tasman Messages of Support

first_imgWith just a week left until the commencement of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series in Auckland, it’s time to send in your messages of support to our Australian contingent. The messages will then be posted on www.austouch.com.au in the lead up to the series. There are many ways that you can show your support for the Australian teams as they take on arch rivals New Zealand from Tuesday, 5 February until Sunday, 10 February 2013. Post your messages of support in any of the following ways: The TFA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia The TFA Twitter page – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (Be sure to use the #transtasman2013 hashtag throughout the series) Or send an email to media@austouch.com.au with your message.  Whether it be a message of support to your favourite player, favourite team or the whole contingent, make sure you let them know that you’ll be supporting them during the series. Stay tuned to the following websites for all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2013 Trans Tasman Series, while Player Profiles will also be uploaded to the website in the coming days:www.austouch.com.au www.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com   Be sure to stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel in the lead up to and during the series for all of the highlights from the event – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Related LinksMessages of Supportlast_img read more

9 months agoReally? Southgate surprise new name on Man Utd shortlist

first_imgReally? Southgate surprise new name on Man Utd shortlistby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland coach Gareth Southgate is on the managerial shortlist at Manchester United.The Daily Mail says United have added Southgate to the list of potential managers to take over in the summer as they are becoming increasingly concerned that Mauricio Pochettino will stay at Tottenham.Southgate signed a new contract to stay on as England manager until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar following the Three Lions’ success in Russia.A chance to jump ship may prove difficult following his recent contract renewal with the national team, and while Southgate has been added as a viable option to take over at United, the Red Devils are wary of his experience at club level.Prior to his success with England, Southgate has only had one spell at club level where he managed Middlesbrough for three years between 2006 and 2009. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoTheo Hernandez insists AC Milan can finish in top four

first_imgTheo Hernandez insists AC Milan can finish in top fourby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan fullback Theo Hernandez insists they can finish in the top four this season.The Rossoneri sacked Marco Giampaolo after losing four of the opening seven games. Stefano Pioli has taken charge and will make his debut this weekend against Lecce.“It’s obviously better for a Coach to start the season rather than come in, but these things happen in football,” Theo told Sky Sport Italia.“We now have a Coach who I consider to be very good and I’m sure we’ll do well together. I didn’t know him before, but he likes to play good football and has clear ideas.“The first thing he said was that we need to work hard and provide a reaction to bring the fans back on side. I work every day to earn my place in the starting XI and want to write history with Milan.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 hours agoEverton fullback Digne: Silva can be among best in the world

first_imgEverton fullback Digne: Silva can be among best in the worldby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne insists manager Marco Silva has the players’ full confidence.The Toffees picked up only their third league win of the campaign last weekend after beating West Ham 2-0.”He gave a lot of confidence to the players and very good advice,” Digne told the Liverpool Echo, in reference to the West Ham clash. “For me he is one of the best coaches I’ve had and I am sure he can be one of the best in the world.'”The mood [in the build-up] was perfect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Virtual reality program teaches kids how to cross streets safely

first_imgTORONTO – With most kids heading back to school this week, many parents may be concerned about whether younger children are traffic-savvy enough to cross the street without supervision.Can they judge how far away an approaching vehicle is? Or how fast it’s travelling to make it across safely?“Parents tend to overestimate their child’s crossing ability,” said Barbara Morrongiello, a psychologist at the University of Guelph, whose research focuses on childhood injury prevention.“The parents tend to assume children are much more cautious than they are in fact.”So Morrongiello assembled a team of computer science students to design a program that teaches children how to cross the street using real-life scenarios — all within a computerized virtual reality environment that allows them to learn and practice.“In our system, the children are fully immersed in the pedestrian environment,” she explained from Guelph, Ont. “So they basically wear 3D goggles and are actually in the environment, they’re not observing the environment.“We can see their reaction time and their attention because we code where they’re looking and their speed of reaction.“In our system, we have a very sequential learning strategy. So we start by selecting where you cross and then we talk about how to cross and when to cross.”The virtual reality program teaches the child by having them traverse a two-lane road where there’s a blind curve or a hill, as well as what to do when crossing at a point between parked cars.A pop-up character that acts as a coach reacts to the child’s movements, saying for instance: “Oh, that was great” or “But you didn’t look to the left, so let’s practise that again.”“It was set up that way so the child can work independently,” said Morrongiello, adding that the program can take an hour or two depending on the child’s attention span.“So it’s a very tailored approach to learning. We try to make it so each child has a fun experience and wants to continue to play it.”In a study of 130 children aged seven to 10, those who were trained in street-crossing techniques using the program fared much better than a control group of kids who didn’t get the virtual reality training.Those assigned to take part in the VR program made 75 to 98 per cent fewer road-crossing errors following the test, compared to their untrained counterparts, said the researchers, whose study was recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.“The children did exceptionally well,” said Morrongiello.One of kids who took part in the study when he was younger was Kaelan Rekker.“It was really cool because it was my first time doing virtual reality,” said Kaelan, now 11 and about to enter Grade 6.“Yeah, I made a few mistakes at first,” he admitted from his home in Guelph. “I got hit by a few cars.“After that, then I was really focused on looking both ways before crossing the street … (and) like looking for gaps between the cars and how fast they were going so that I could walk across.”His mother Kristen Rekker said she was more concerned about street-crossing skills when Kaelan, his twin sister Eden and their 13-year-old brother Dawson were younger.But because of their different personality traits, Rekker was a bit more concerned about Kaelan, who “sometimes makes different decisions than the other two, who might be more careful at crossing the street.”“It’s only in the past few years that they’ve been walking to school on their own and they’ve had to cross a rather busy intersection on their way to school.”The researchers designed the program to be inexpensive, requiring only the use of a computer, 3D goggles and a game-controller like that of an Xbox to operate the virtual reality environment.“We’re hoping to disseminate it broadly. It could go in a library, it could go in a school,” said Morrongiello, noting that the program is not a money-making venture.“We do it because we really are passionate about preventing childhood injuries.”With good reason: child pedestrian injuries are a leading cause of injury-related death among Canadian children aged 14 years or younger, according to Parachute Canada, an organization that promotes evidence-based solutions to avoid preventable injuries.The Guelph researchers have already been contacted by a public health group in Israel and are in the process of translating the program into Hebrew, with a likely roll-out date in January.Morrongiello said she welcomes inquiries from school boards, municipalities and other organizations both in Canada and abroad.She won’t name a specific age when kids are ready to learn to cross the street independently, as perceptual skills and brain development vary from child to child. But generally, she suggests starting when kids are aged seven or eight.“We are very cautious in our training,” Morrongiello said. “Even when these children succeed, we make them understand and their parents understand that it doesn’t mean that they’re now free to go and cross streets on their own.“It means they have a better understanding going out our door than they did coming in. But that doesn’t mean necessarily they’re going to be able to handle any traffic situation or any unpredictable situation, like when they’re late for school and in a hurry.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Scandalplagued EPA Administrator Pruitt resigns

first_imgWASHINGTON – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease.With Pruitt’s departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more effective members of his Cabinet. But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by scandals that spawned more than a dozen federal and congressional investigations.White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and other officials pushed Pruitt to tender his resignation Thursday amid the mounting scandals, according to a senior administration official not authorized to discuss the situation publicly. Talking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump continued to praise his scandal-plagued EPA chief, saying there was “no final straw” and he had not asked for Pruitt’s resignation.“Scott is a terrific guy,” Trump said. “He came to me and said I have such great confidence in the administration I don’t want to be a distraction. … He’ll go and do great things and have a wonderful life, I hope.”In his resignation letter to Trump, obtained by The Associated Press, Pruitt expressed no regrets.“It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring,” Pruitt wrote. “However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”Pruitt, a Republican, had appeared Wednesday at a White House picnic for Independence Day, wearing a red-checked shirt and loafers with gold trim. Trump gave him and other officials a brief shout-out, offering no sign of any immediate change in his job.EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, will take the helm as acting administrator starting Monday.“I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda,” Trump tweeted Thursday.Pruitt’s resignation came days after two of his closest advisers spoke to House oversight committee investigators and revealed new, embarrassing details in ethics scandals involving Pruitt.Samantha Dravis, who recently resigned as Pruitt’s policy chief, told investigators last week that Pruitt had made clear to her before and after he became EPA administrator that he would like the attorney general’s job, held then and now by Jeff Sessions.Pruitt “had hinted at that (sic) some sort of conversation had taken place between he and the president,” Dravis told congressional investigators, according to a transcript obtained Thursday by the AP. “That was the position he was originally interested in.”A former Oklahoma attorney general close to the oil and gas industry, Pruitt had filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency he was picked to lead. Arriving in Washington, he worked relentlessly to dismantle Obama-era environmental regulations that aimed to reduce toxic pollution and planet-warming carbon emissions.During his one-year tenure, Pruitt crisscrossed the country at taxpayer expense to speak with industry groups and hobnob with GOP donors, but he showed little interest in listening to advocates he derided as “the environmental left.” Those groups quickly applauded his departure.“Despite his brief tenure, Pruitt was the worst EPA chief in history,” said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “His corruption was his downfall, but his pro-polluter policies will have our kids breathing dirtier air long after his many scandals are forgotten.”Like Trump, Pruitt voiced skepticism about mainstream climate science and was a fierce critic of the Paris climate agreement. The president cheered his EPA chief’s moves to boost fossil fuel production and roll back regulations opposed by corporate interests.But despite boasts of slashing red tape and promoting job creation, Pruitt had a mixed record of producing real-world results. Many of the EPA regulations Pruitt scraped or delayed had not yet taken effect, and the tens of thousands of lost coal mining jobs the president pledged to bring back never materialized.Pruitt was forced out following a series of revelations involving pricey trips with first-class airline seats and unusual security spending, including a $43,000 soundproof booth for making private phone calls. He also demanded 24-hour-a-day protection from armed officers, resulting in a swollen 20-member security detail that blew through overtime budgets and racked up expenses of more than $3 million.Pruitt routinely ordered his EPA staff to do personal chores for him, including picking up his dry cleaning and trying to obtain a used Trump hotel mattress for his apartment. He had also enlisted his staff to contact conservative groups and companies to find a lucrative job for his unemployed wife, including emails seeking a Chick-fil-A franchise from a senior executive at the fast-food chain.Pruitt’s job had been in jeopardy since the end of March, when ABC News first reported that he leased a Capitol Hill condo last year for just $50 a night. It was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from EPA.Both Pruitt and the lobbyist, Steven Hart, denied he had conducted any recent business with EPA. But Hart was later forced to admit he had met with Pruitt at EPA headquarters last summer after his firm, Williams & Jensen, revealed he had lobbied the agency on a required federal disclosure form.Pruitt also publicly denied any knowledge of massive raises awarded to two close aides he had brought with him to EPA from Oklahoma. Documents later showed Pruitt’s chief of staff had signed off on the pay hikes, indicating he had the administrator’s consent.The slew of damaging revelations, many of which came to light through media reports and public records lawsuits filed by environmental groups, triggered more than a dozen investigations related to Pruitt’s conduct by EPA’s Office of Inspector General, the House Oversight Committee and other federal watchdogs.It was not immediately clear how Pruitt’s resignation might affect those ongoing probes. No longer a federal employee, Pruitt can’t be compelled to speak or otherwise co-operate with the inspector general’s investigation. As a private citizen, he could still be subpoenaed to testify before Congress, but Republican-led committees have thus far shown little appetite in forcing him to do so.Jennifer Kaplan, a spokeswoman for EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins, said Thursday that the office was “assessing and evaluating” its ongoing audits and investigations in the wake of Pruitt’s departure.Sen. John Barrasso, the Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and until Thursday a strong defender of Pruitt, said Trump made the right decision to accept the resignation.“It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation,” said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.Pruitt is the latest Trump Cabinet official to lose his job over ethics issues. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was fired in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was fired last year after it was disclosed he took costly charter flights instead of commercial planes.“Mr. Pruitt’s brazen abuse of his position for his own personal gain has been absolutely astounding, rivaled only by the silence of far too many in Congress and in the White House who allowed Mr. Pruitt’s unethical, and, at times, possibly illegal behaviour to go unchecked,” said Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, long a vocal critic of Pruitt’s.___Follow Associated Press investigative reporter Michael Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbiesecklast_img read more